StatelineOverdose death prevention sought by states
When Stephen Cardiges slipped into unconsciousness from a heroin overdose in the back of a Honda Civic two years ago, his two companions just kept driving around suburban Atlanta, hoping Stephen would come to on his own. They didn’t want to call 911 or the police, for fear of inviting their own arrests for drug use. But Cardiges, an Eagle Scout who planned to join the U.S. Navy after he turned 21 the following week, never regained consciousness. His brief life ended in the backseat of the Honda that Sunday summer evening, barely two miles from the nearest hospital.

CNNCDC: Flu hitting young people harder this year
The flu is hitting younger people harder this season than in years past, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. People between the ages of 18 and 64 represent 61% of all influenza-related hospitalizations recorded during the current flu season — a significant increase compared with previous years when this age group represented about 35% of cases. More flu deaths than usual have also occurred in people under 65. Adults between 25 and 64 account for more than half of flu deaths this season, according to the CDC, compared with less than a quarter last year.

Salt Lake TribuneUtah e-smokes bill may be first
A bill that would increase regulation on electronic cigarettes awaits action in the full House. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield’s HB112 would create restrictions on e-cigarettes similar to tobacco regulations, prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes without a license and selling to people under 19. If passed, Utah would become the first state in the nation to regulate e-cigarettes. At the center of a committee hearing earlier in the week was children’s use of the new devices, which have increased rapidly according to pediatrician Kevin Nelson, who spoke in support of the bill. Rates of e-cigarette use in the state have tripled since 2011, he said.

Times of IndiaYour dog understands what you tell him: study
It is now confirmed – your dog understands what you tell him. The first study to compare brain function between humans and any non-primate animal shows that dogs have dedicated voice areas in their brains, just as people do. By placing dogs in an MRI scanner, researchers from Hungary have found that the canine brain reacts to voices in the same way that the human brain does.

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